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Haverhill Rugby Club's gesture provides a welcome boost to fund-raising goal of MICA Travels




The annual RugFest at Haverhill Rugby Club has boosted the fund-raising ambitions of a Haverhill family and their friends and relatives.

The club nominated MICA Travels as a beneficiary of the recent annual event, which featured nine live music acts, local beer, cider and food.

MICA Travels was formed in memory of Haverhill woman Carol Hall, who died on September 28, 2020, aged 63, from bile duct cancer, a rare condition that also leads to sepsis.

Harry, nine, and Charlie, 11, gained special thanks for organising the raffle at RugFest 2021 at Haverhill Rugby Club. Submitted picture
Harry, nine, and Charlie, 11, gained special thanks for organising the raffle at RugFest 2021 at Haverhill Rugby Club. Submitted picture

Consisting of Carol’s husband Mike, their sons Ben and Peter and other relatives and friends the group is undertaking a series of physical challenges to support AMMF the Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) Charity and The UK Sepsis Trust.

Peter said MICA Travels gained the support of the rugby club because George Self, the organiser of RugFest, was an old family friend.

He added: “Between the donation buckets, door entry (split between the club and the charity), and raffle (split between the club and the charity) we managed to raise £400.

One of the singers at the RugFest 2021 at Haverhill Rugby Club, which raised money for MICA's Travels. Submitted picture
One of the singers at the RugFest 2021 at Haverhill Rugby Club, which raised money for MICA's Travels. Submitted picture

"This takes our grand total raised to just over £6,000 (£7,207 with Gift Aid) out of a target of £10,000.”

MICA Travels has now conquered 15 of the 215 fells it has pledged to scale after a trip to the Lake District in June, while Peter completed a 24 hour gaming marathon with his friend Ryan Strong in March, which raised £772.50.

The June tip to the Lake District was a split effort between Jasmine, Mike and Peter plus Sandy and Steve Gittins, Peter and Ben's aunt and uncle.

Peter’s wife Jasmine also arranged a raffle with her friend, Aibhne O’Neill, owner of O’Neills Beauty, which raised £350.

Steve and Sandy Gittins with Mike Hall (right) on their hike in the Lake District. Submitted picture
Steve and Sandy Gittins with Mike Hall (right) on their hike in the Lake District. Submitted picture

Peter went on to to explain more about MICA Travels fund-raising plans, saying: "We are planning on doing a couple of raffles between now and December, recording a video call with the AMMF to help provide some information about Cholangiocarcinoma to a wider audience, redevelop our website, and we have had to move our fund-raising over to Just Giving as Virgin Money Giving are no longer going to be operating as a donations platform."

The donations page can be found HERE

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